Jill Abramson to take over as first female editor as the Gray Lady finally redresses gender equality.

This article titled “The New York Times appoints woman editor – after 160 years” was written by Ed Pilkington in New York, for The Guardian on Thursday 2nd June 2011 19.49 UTC

For 160 years the New York Times has been setting the standards of newspaper journalism in America, with one significant exception – gender equality. Now the paradoxically nicknamed Gray Lady has finally redressed the balance with the appointment of its first female editor.

Jill Abramson will inherit the post of executive editor of the paper on 6 September, taking the helm of one of the most influential and widely read news organisations in the world at a time of deep turmoil in the newspaper industry.

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